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Sudan acknowledges losing voting rights at UN over outstanding dues


January 31, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government acknowledged for the first time that it is behind on membership dues to the United Nations which resulted in losing voting rights at the world body.

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Sudanese Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Rahmatallah Osman (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Undersecretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Rahmatallah Osman told the privately owned al-Sudani newspaper on Wednesday that they have asked the finance ministry to address the issue of UN arrears in anticipation of the vote suspension.

"This is not something good at all not to pay," the Sudanese diplomat said.

Asked why the money was not disbursed as per their request, Osman deferred the question to the finance ministry.

An unidentified official at Sudan’s finance ministry told al-Sudani that they had other spending priorities rather than the UN dues.

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) reported on its website that as of January 21 there were 15 member states including Sudan that are delinquent in their financial contributions under the terms of Article 19 of the UN Charter.

Under Article 19 of the UN charter "a member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote in the General Assembly".

To reinstate its voting rights Sudan needs to pay at least $347,879 so that it remains below the gross amount assessed for the preceding two full years of 2011 and 2012.

The UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said earlier this month that Sudan owes close to $1 million in arrears.

A few weeks ago the Sudanese ambassador at the UN Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman dismissed reports on financial arrears saying that his country was up to date in its payments.

Sudan is battling its biggest economic crisis for decades as it struggles with a severe shortage of hard currency following the loss of three quarters of its oil production due to South Sudan’s independence in 2011.

Oil revenues were the main source of revenue for Sudan’s budget and for foreign currency needed to pay for vital imports including food and medicine.


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  • 1 February 2013 04:34, by Mi diit

    Sudan is unknowingly condeming itself to hell by playing unneccesary games with South Sudan’s economy. They should allow oil to flow through their terriroty or else they will miss lots of revenues which would have paid for their dues. Losing UN vote rights is embarrassing to Sudan.

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  • 1 February 2013 05:17, by Ito

    United Nation is not telling the truth about Sudan. I am sure Sudan has paid it dues on time and south sudan did not and was not accused. There is discrimination on the side of UNHCR IMF. The money has been used to built universities in southern sudan and as a south sudanese I have to thank arabs for their kind generosity. This is something that we south sudanese cannot do to ourselves. Thanks.

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    • 1 February 2013 06:26, by Mach

      Ito, do you know that you can only lie within the perimeter of Sudan and not outside Sudan? Anywhere outside Sudan is where the truths are told, from now on; you need to know that. Outside Sudan is not a place where people claim to have hundreds of millions of dollars and can’t afford to pay a single million to the UN.

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      • 1 February 2013 08:09, by Northern Sudanese

        you don’t know what you are on about do you? Mo Ibrahim can pay that price, rich sudanese can pay that price! we built dams dams worth billions, factories costings billions unlike you who can’t afford anything!
        all your good at is stimulating a cow and having a cow Urine Shower :D

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        • 1 February 2013 09:54, by South South

          Northen Sudanese,
          you lair still talking here like a real man. Other day, you denied this news and you were throwing many insults to people who talked about it. Now you forgot that and want to argue with good, honest, respect and truth telling people. Lair.

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    • 1 February 2013 06:36, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Sudan were previously proud of South Sudan oil money,let them experience it this time.
      200U$ million they paid to the Darfur Peace charter,were even been paid by the Qatar govt,this time the New Dawn will topple the govt in Khartoum.

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      • 1 February 2013 09:05, by Northern Sudanese

        okucu pa lotinokwan
        those $200 million were paid by Sudan, those 400 million for Merowe dam paid by Sudan, all those roads and bridges paid by Sudan, all those buildings paid by sudan! south sudan oil accounted for 3.4 billion of the 5 billion oil revenues. today, gold covered 2.5 billion of the loss
        now you enjoy your shower under cow Urine :D

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        • 1 February 2013 10:01, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          If you have 2.5 billion from gold, why people are dying in Sudan today because of food shortage ? Why 9 million people can not read and write ? Why Sudanese pound is sinking to the shit ? Why the poor country called Sudan is begging Qatar and China for loans. Why Sudan is unable to pay fee at UN, and on and on and on. Shit.

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          • 1 February 2013 14:43, by Northern Sudanese

            South monkey! you are dumb and we all know that! about sudan facing food shortage,they are all in rebel held areas, right? 9 million unable to write? i guess you forgot that your not part of us anymore,at least 95% of sudanese can read and write.$ is 4.4 on black market and will return to 2 by next year, we get loans to cover the last 1.5 billion and this UN shit is a matter of confusion!

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            • 2 February 2013 09:04, by mohamed mahgoub

              N S I think those 95% who can read% write,many r like can’t read well, our finance M. said he has other pririoties that is why we can’t afford paying this minus $ 1M& u still talking about all these imaginary biggest ,largest and no1 projects in Africa & the the planet as if the world is only consists of 2 countries ROS& ROSS,come ooone wake up

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          • 1 February 2013 14:47, by Northern Sudanese

            now south monkey,let me educate your poor butt before you go back having your shower under a cows urine lol
            wasnt it your president who went begging in China for 8 billion and came back with nothing? isnt it your country who has more than halve its people depending on food aid?isn’t it your country which has the highest illiteracy rate in the world? isn’t it your country which has dumbest people?

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            • 1 February 2013 16:42, by South South

              Northern Sudanese,
              You skip my question, why ? People who wash their asses with their hands, how can we call them ? Penguins, ignore, stupid, what is the real name for them ?
              Franco Majok

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    • 1 February 2013 08:56, by Observer

      If you went to university you would be able to read that our minister admitted that we (Sudan) have not paid our dues so why would you call the UN liars when the government says that it is true???

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    • 1 February 2013 10:46, by jwok

      I am so confused, how can a criminals government be a members of UN
      They supposed to lose their voting right + membership since 2005
      But bravo South Sudan , by deciding to stop the oil flowed

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  • 1 February 2013 06:57, by goodman

    Sudan under the NCP thugs became famous for the terrorist threats to world peace & security so its best for UN to distance it self from sudan & the arears and dues are the first step forward for the hypocrites to step down & now!
    death to them all sons of bitches.

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    • 1 February 2013 08:07, by Peacocktail

      Daffa Allah was lying to the Public and but the Under Secretary is the man of truth.SUdan did not pay their arrears.What serious joke, Pay your money and buy weapon again. SUdan is corrutption..You can’t UN with SDG but in $.
      South Sudan is better place to live in then SUdan in a hell.

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      • 1 February 2013 08:10, by Northern Sudanese

        where people have cow urine showers? lol you are so blind!

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        • 1 February 2013 10:06, by South South

          Northern Sudanese,
          People who have cows are very rich, unlike penguins who wash their asses using their hands. Penguins, we will bring you down to your knee. This country called Sudanese must be divided into 3 more countries. We will do it withn our friends Almighty Israel.

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    • 1 February 2013 08:08, by Paul Ongee

      Evil Spirit is already descending upon the Sudanese diplomats at home and at the UN, empowering them to contradict themselves. Messeriya lost voting rights in Abyei because they belong to the North and Sudan lost voting rights at the UN becuase they had other spending priorities rather than the UN dues. God help these thugs.

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      • 1 February 2013 08:18, by Paul Ongee

        Sudan wishes AU to be always run by a Muslim President or leader rather than a non-Muslim one who disagrees with its evil plan of Arabizing and Islamizing Africa. Sudan has similar feeling towards UN leadersip besides struggling to justify their spending priorities by commiting war crimes in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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        • 1 February 2013 08:40, by Paul Ongee

          People can never be all Christians or Muslims. Sudan always dreams, believes and acts one-way traffic that all people should be Muslims. It is the plan of the same God that we worship in different ways or geographyical directions who created us on this planet. The whole world would have been in unimaginable mess if all people were Muslims because of religious-related violence & suicide bombings.

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          • 1 February 2013 08:57, by Paul Ongee

            But the conflict in Darfur, South Kordufan and Blue Nile proved the National Criminal Party in Khartoum wrong 100%. Majority of the indigenous people are Muslims but being of African origin is a serious crime according to their competitive interpretation of Quran. Ironically, ethnic cleansing is taking place while the very African Muslims from W.Africa are resettled there.

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  • 1 February 2013 08:05, by Northern Sudanese

    This is a big joke, all that because of million which even Mo Ibrahim can pay? rich Sudanese can pay that, let alone the government!

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    • 1 February 2013 08:25, by Robot

      Lying of fake Arabs is like when you ate something and later denied or pretend of haven’t eaten anything and later you are embarrassed by vomiting exactly the same meat you denied of having not eaten.... PATHETIC.

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      • 1 February 2013 09:09, by Northern Sudanese

        i don’t get what your saying, but what i know is that eating normal meat is better than showering under cow Urine!
        i can see thats you lol , pathetic right? this is how pathetic you are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tRzM2tZFng&list=LL2iKEtJHxmKnnz5uF10axyA hahahahaha i always wondered why you people stank so much!

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        • 1 February 2013 11:20, by Robot

          Northern Sudanese,
          with honor and right of virtue, i clinch to behavior of not arguing with people who hardly understand the power of the righteous, people who perceive themselves to be what they are when they are totally like a no mans land.... you are right not to understand what i have just said.

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        • 1 February 2013 11:56, by hellonearth

          Northern Shit

          the Chinese eat all sort of things, the Japanese eat whale and other african people do all sort of things that you fake arabs find its a taboo. but the shocking things is that you go and wash your anus with your hands thats whats shocking, imbicile

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          • 1 February 2013 14:39, by Northern Sudanese

            we don’t care about chinese! what chinese do is just eat, i think most people on this earth eat meat, but no people on earth have a shower under a cows Urine!
            you are the dirtiest people on earth :D

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    • 1 February 2013 09:10, by Observer

      N Sudanese
      Why don;t you pay it then?
      Mo Ibrahim paying is is so laughable. I guess you do know that the government declared him a persona non grata.

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      • 1 February 2013 14:52, by Northern Sudanese

        A person non Grata? you are so dumb lol!

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        • 1 February 2013 15:27, by Observer

          N Sudanese,
          I doubt you even know what a persona non grata is. !!

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    • 1 February 2013 10:12, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Forget about Mo Ibrahim, the man calls himself Black Africa man and that why is giving awards to black countries. Have you seen him giving anything to Arab countries. poor Northern Sudanese, does not know anything.

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      • 1 February 2013 14:52, by Northern Sudanese

        Mo Ibrahim comes to Sudan every year, he is a shareholder of DAL company in Sudan. + if you were educated, arab countries and african countries are 2 different things! Africa is a continent, when someone speaks about Africa he doesn’t exclude Sudan , Egypt ,Libya , Tunisia , Morocco , Djibouti , Algeria and Mauritania!
        you really don’t know what you are on about do you? lol go have a urine shower

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        • 1 February 2013 15:26, by Observer

          N Sudanese,
          You know absolutely nothing...I am British educated to Masters level and returned back to Sudan many years ago.
          Mo Ibrahim is well known to me and you are so very off the mark in what you are saying about him.

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    • 1 February 2013 11:38, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Forget about Mo Ibrahim, the guy believes he is black. Poor country call Sudan is sinking everyday even a littel fee for UN membership, the country is unable to pay. Penguins, wait, you have seen anything yet.

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      • 1 February 2013 12:16, by sudani ana

        South South
        You keep going on about washing backside with hands, I would rather do that than put my mouth in the cows vagina then have a cow piss shower to finish it off.

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        • 1 February 2013 13:07, by Nuer Empire

          Worst things are to come yet in North Sudan

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        • 1 February 2013 13:37, by South South

          So Sudan ana, are shit. Very good.

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          • 1 February 2013 14:06, by Aaban

            They totally destroy our culture. So bad for airhead blasphemous who sold their souls to evil,they never admitted their guilty, while I admitted my crimes for fighting the war of keeping coward criminal at the power, so shame now, I didn’t even know why I didn’t die during my evil involvement in the war of protecting the criminals,

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        • 1 February 2013 13:58, by Nibs

          Sudan anus,
          Who is president bashit first lady? Don’t talk trash like illiterate N.sudanese popularly know as rotten anus.your IQ maybe low because you’re homosexual and Muslim like bashit but needless to advertise your idiocy.never mention vagina because your asshole and that of bashit are doing that fucking job tremendously well.

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        • 1 February 2013 14:56, by Northern Sudanese

          sudani ana
          loooooool so true :D these people are so dirty XD no wonder they always stank!

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      • 1 February 2013 14:55, by Northern Sudanese

        you dark Urine lovers can keep dreaming :D we pay billions for dams, unable to pay a million which every sudanese businessman can pay? lol it seems that having a urine shower makes people dumb looool, btw do you have that shower twice or 3 times per day? loooooool no wonder you people always stank so much!

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